For over three hours on Saturday evening, planes were prevented from landing at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport Abuja due to ‘Very Important Persons’ movement and bad weather.

Our correspondent gathered that flights that were to land at the airport between 4pm and 7pm were forced to divert to adjoining airports, while others chose to return to where they came from.

An Aero flight AJ 127 which left Lagos at about 3pm was forced to return to Lagos after hovering in the air at the Abuja airport for over 45 minutes due to presidential movement and poor weather.
The plane landed back at Lagos airport around 5:30pm.

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However, the flight later departed for Abuja again at about 7pm and landed safely in Abuja airport at about 7.50pm.

Aero later said, “There was VIP movement and bad weather. The flight later returned to Abuja with passengers.”

Spokesman for the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Mr. Supo Atobatele, could not be reached for comments. Calls made to his telephone lines did not go through.


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